Meet our Team
Director & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
My experience comes from various schools of thoughts, through a multicultural lens that includes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Treatment utilizing a strengths-based approach.
I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of California and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. I received my Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in California and have extensive training in crisis intervention and trauma treatment working with Victims of Crime, within community mental health agencies, and private practice.
I explore situations in the here and now in order to provide a listening ear to understand your needs. I have experience working with women’s issues, relationships, crisis intervention, trauma focused treatment, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, substance abuse, and parenting. My areas of expertise include exploring trauma as well as parent/child relationships. Each can be unique on their own or intertwined together as trauma (generational, etc.) can have an affect in the way that we parent. My work aims to understand the underlying concerns that are causing stressful situations and mal-adaptive behaviors. Through active listening, approaching things with empathy, and from a non-judgmental standpoint, my hope is that we can work together to help create trust within the therapeutic relationship.
The experiences that I have gained volunteering on the Suicide Prevention Hotline, various shelters in Los Angeles including the Downtown Women’s Shelter, and my experience within community/mental health allow me to offer various perspectives and see things from a different lens. This creates an opportunity for creative interventions that allow us to truly experience change within the therapeutic relationship.
Trainings & Techniques
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP)
- Critical Incident Desensitization (CID)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Positive Parenting Strategies (Triple P)
- Incredible Years for Children and Families
- Seeking Safety
- Brief Response to Crisis (BRC/CORS)/Crisis Oriented Recovery Services
- MBSR-T/Stressed Teens Mindfulness Program
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Problem Solving Treatment (PST) for Depression
- Motivational Interviewing
- Clinical Supervisor with Beacon Health Options
- Counselor with The College of Westchester
- Clinical Therapist with Crespo Mental Health
- Lead Clinical Therapist at USC’s Violence Intervention Program
- Clinical Therapist with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
- Psychotherapist with California Victims of Crime Program
- Counselor on the Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Private Practice
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
The most important ethical principles that I embrace as a social worker are to challenge social issues, provide service to those in need, and value the worth and dignity of people and their respective communities.
I was born in Los Angeles, am a first-generation college graduate, and am bilingual (Spanish). I received my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California- Riverside in 2009 with an emphasis on disparities in the medical system. I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2013 and became a licensed clinical social worker in 2018. Prior to this, I worked with families residing in transitional housing and obtained certification as a mental health rehabilitation specialist.
Throughout my 11 years in social services, I have had opportunities to work alongside families involved with child welfare, individuals experiencing homelessness and other psychosocial issues, medical social work and the mental health field. Each experience has been immensely valuable and showed me that every person has their own narrative and strengths. Sometimes, we just need a helping hand to help us process our feelings, stressful events and trauma.
My therapeutic approach involves active listening, is empathic, and judgement free. I strive to provide a safe space where clients can express themselves and feel supported. I strongly believe in acknowledging intersectionality’s and the importance of individual experiences. I have experience in assessments, crisis intervention, short-term therapy, and intensive case management. I have previously worked with children and adults with a history of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), grief and loss, medical co-morbidities, domestic violence, substance abuse and severe mental health issues.
I hope to create an atmosphere where you are able to stop, breathe, and process. Together we will explore and identify maladaptive coping behaviors, negative automatic thoughts, intergenerational trauma and other areas of concern. I am here to build a trusting relationship with you and begin your journey to your best self.
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Associate Clinical Social Worker
As a social worker I value integrity. I am sensitive to cultural and social diversity and empower vulnerable populations through self-determination. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach. I am registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Clinical Social Worker
I have been in the field of social work for the past 5 years and within the educational field cumulatively for 12 years working with vulnerable families
struggling with psychosocial and social issues. My active listening skills can be shown through my ability to connect with others on a deeper level and help them through their process to manage stressful situations. My experience ranges from clients as young as 5years old to older adults suffering from severe mental illnesses.
I have provided individual and group therapy to at-risk clients struggling with academic, social, behavioral, and emotional problems. I use various tools to identify symptoms and implement evidence-based interventions that address clinical symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and other clinical issues. I have experience in crisis intervention and after care plans, partnering with both clients and parents alike. My knowledge within the mental health field also includes providing wraparound services, intensive case management, and assisting clients with various life transitions varying from navigating housing support to vocational and educational linkages.
My goal is to help you understand the fundamental issues that are difficult for you to manage. Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), along with a Cognitive Behavioral approach (CBT), my hope is to create a therapeutic relationship where you are provided with the ability to bounce back from challenges with a stronger sense of self, confidence, and coping capacity to get through adversity. With empathy and active listening, my hope is to build trust and create a unique approach together that works for you to improve your quality of life.
I believe in meaningful connections. I believe that establishing this connection and providing a safe environment for vulnerability is a vital gateway that will support overall growth. With compassion and from a non-judgmental approach, my goal is to support the healing process by understanding the underlying issues causing suffering.
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Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
First let me say, seeking therapy is a brave and courageous step and I applaud you for coming this far. I have been in the helping profession for over 6 years. I use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focused approaches to help people feel better in their daily lives. Through a culturally sensitive lens, I help children, adolescents and adults work through anxiety, depression, and unhealthy patterns that keep them from feeling their best.
I am an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APPC) in the state of California. I received my Master’s of Science in Educational Counseling with a concentration in School and Family Based Clinical Counseling from the University of LaVerne. I have extensive experience with ASD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. I spent years working in the school system with children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities as well as emotional disabilities. Later, I transitioned to working in the juvenile justice system and the child welfare system with adolescents helping them to work through trauma and the impacts of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
I provide a safe space where we can explore the barriers you are experiencing to living the life you desire. Together we will work through the negative thoughts and maladaptive behaviors that are holding you back and getting in the way of moving forward in the direction of your dreams. I will be here to listen with an empathic ear and provide you with feedback and tools to apply to the feelings and behaviors you are struggling with.
My years of working with children, teens, and young adults in the school system, in juvenile detention facilities, and in child welfare agencies have provided me with unique insight into the transformational power of therapy. Let’s work together, collaboratively, to put an effective plan together for you to not just feel better but to grow and evolve into the person you strive to be.
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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I am deeply committed to disrupting intergenerational cycles and the systems of oppression that leave us feeling stuck, insecure, lonely or simply misaligned.
As the daughter of a poor immigrant father from Jalisco, Mexico and Chicana mother from Northeast Los Ángeles I understand and live the complexities of our identities within the Latinx community.
Navigating life with conflicting values and expectations can be a lot to handle. It’s so important for you to have a safe and affirming space to focus on you. As your therapist, we will work collaboratively to build trust and safety in our relationship. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for deep healing work. My role is to support your healing process. I do this with curiosity, empathy, some humor and a gentle but firm approach. Together, we will work to develop insight, to build on your power, to find your peace and your joy.
To support you in this process, I will incorporate, with a racial justice framework, elements from various therapeutic modalities including EMDR, family systems, attachment, mindfulness, and CBT. My approach to mental health is holistic and I believe that body movement, good nutrition and sleep provide a solid foundation for a healthy mind.
My experience includes parent training, school based services, and outpatient community mental health. I have experience working with youth, adults and families struggling with trauma, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and life transitions. I received a Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Trauma Studies from Pacific Oaks College. I am an alumni of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) Minority Fellowship Program and a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).